Pedestrian deaths reach highest level in nearly 30 years

While the total number of fatalities resulting from motor vehicle crashes saw a slight decline in 2018, statistics show a disturbing trend continues over pedestrian deaths along American roadways.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its 2018 statistics showing 6,283 pedestrians were killed in 2018 – more than in any year since 1990.

Pennsylvania makes a dubious top 10

The Keystone State saw a 41% increase in pedestrian fatalities with 90 in 2018 compared to 64 in 2017, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Here are the top 10:

  1. California: 432
  2. Florida: 330
  3. Texas: 298
  4. Georgia: 133
  5. Arizona: 125
  6. New York: 117
  7. North Carolina: 102
  8. Pennsylvania: 90
  9. Illinois: 80
  10. Louisiana: 77

Distracted drivers, larger vehicles blamed

Safety advocates say while NHTSA’s report shows traffic deaths involving distracted drivers declined overall in 2018, drivers who do not pay attention are still responsible for too many deaths on highways and streets. Advocates say another trend – America’s love affair with larger vehicles, such as SUVs and pickup trucks, is causing more catastrophic injuries to people and damage to other cars.

State and local governments need to do more

The report says while the number of pedestrian deaths in rural areas hasn’t changed in the past decade, pedestrian deaths have risen by 69% in and around cities. Safety groups say politicians must do their part to improve safety for walkers by lowering speed limits, creating pedestrian-only spaces and upgrading traffic signals and crosswalks.

Pedestrians suffer catastrophic and long-lasting injuries

While more than 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2018, thousands more were injured, and many suffer from permanent or long-term physical and financial consequences. At Marston Law Offices, we have represented those who are injured as well as defendants who may be responsible, giving us a comprehensive perspective to fight for your best interests here in Pennsylvania.

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